Friday, December 29, 2017

Big Pond, Story Quilt and Canadian Stories want your stories, Free contest for Indigenous voices, Call for Catholic articles, and a Short Prose competition

Hello, Brian.
I am wondering if you could share the following information with your readers?
Big Pond Rumours is fishing for stories and we are not particular about the genre of the pieces that we hook. They could be flash fiction, short fiction, or stories up to 8,000 words. They could be detective stories, memoir, western, or artful literature, it doesn’t matter so long as they are quality reading. We also accept poetry (send up to 6 poems) and we are now open to publishing book reviews. Our main criteria: the work must be previously unpublished (we take first rights only), we don’t enjoy gratuitous violence, and remember you’ll be asked to provide a brief bio and headshot for the contributor notes if your work is accepted.
We have two issues a year and the deadlines are: Summer – June 30 and Winter – December 31. Submission details here.
Thank you,
Sharon Berg 
Founder / Editor, since 2006

Indigenous Voices Awards ~ free contest
There are separate prizes for unpublished work in English, French and an Indigenous language, any genre and for published books of prose and poetry and work in an “alternate format.”
Prize: Five awards for unpublished work totalling $10,000 and three awards for published work totalling $15,000
There is no entry fee.
Deadline: January 31, 2018
More information here. For submission details, see here.

Writers Union of Canada short prose competition
For fiction and nonfiction
Entry Fee: $29
Prize: First: $2,500 and entries of winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration
Deadline: February 15, 2018. Contest details here.

Story Quilt is an online magazine that wants your stories!
Stories can be told in many ways:
  • "True" format using personal experiences or true facts from known sources, or
  • "Fiction" based on facts, or
  • "Pure Fiction", or
  • "Art" as in artist’s creations either in black and white or colour, or Photography, or
  • "Applied Arts" as in quilts, or in Videos, or in Music,
or in any combination of the above. Suitable essays and novellas may also be considered.
We accept stories from authors from various fields. Your post must have unique content and add value to our website.
Deadline: Ongoing. Submission details here.

Note: Ed Janzen, the editor of Story Quilt, also edits Canadian Stories magazine. Canadian Stories  is mostly original and Canadian true stories, memoirs, poems, limericks, songs, cartoons, line art, anecdotes, folk stories, family legends, and travel experiences. Also fiction is accepted if set in a Canadian context. However fiction is not the major content of the magazine. 
Deadline: ongoing. Submission details here.
Canadian Stories also has an annual contest. Deadline June 15, 2018. Details here.
Dear Brian, 
I’m the managing editor of Catholic Digest. Could you update the information that you have about our publication on your website?
 Our revised guidelines for writers are here.
  Thank you for your help.
 Take care, 
Paul McKibben
Managing Editor/Catholic Digest 
Note: Queries submitted to Catholic Digest must be strongly focused on a definitive topic, and hold a national appeal. Features are approximately 1,500 words on the following topics: marriage, practical spirituality, prayer inspiration, Catholic identity, parish/work, parenting, and relationships. Catholic Digest does not accept submissions of fiction, poetry, academic papers, puzzles, cartoons, political or opinion pieces; book, music, or movie reviews; reprinted material.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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